I worked for Bruce and Fran for almost 20 years starting in July of 1965; we were located at 40th & McDonald then. Working for Fran and Bruce, and being trained by Barbara Silvera, molded and framed my best skills, qualities, traits and personality growing up. I had only been out of high school one month when I went to work for them. With those well-taught skills, I have always been able to acquire excellent jobs and positions in my entire life; my skills learned by Watson & Hoffe were invaluable and have made me the person I am today. Since I reside in Oregon State, I am still close friends with Barbara Silvera---who recently informed me of Bruce's passing...I was so saddened by the news. I have many wonderful memories of working for Bruce, having daily contact with him, attending New Year's Eve parties at he and Shirley's lovely home in Moraga with my husband, Bill. My husband and I married in August of 1970 and Shirley and Bruce (as well as Fran and Olive) attended our wedding reception. Sadly, my beloved husband passed about 4 years ago after 39 wonderful years of marriage - I miss him so much every day.
My love, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Hoffe family, especially to Shirley. I know what a special man and gentleman Bruce always was. May you hold that close in your heart.
With love, Diane Lemke